A romantic French dinner

Un romantique dîner français

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Just before being confined in Paris, we spent our last weekend in the countryside as usual. Little did we know, we would not be allowed to come back! When I think of the potager and all the plants we bought and planted… On this beautiful last weekend we were enjoying the camellia and magnolia trees blooming. The weather was wonderful, spring was coming at a fast pace, and I was in the mood to use those beautiful blooming flowers for a blue and white theme table setting. See my moodboard inspiration for this table-setting below. 

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The patterns of the plates and the pearl tablecloth seemed perfect for a romantic French dinner. I don’t know why I’ve never really opted for a white and blue theme. I know Americans love combining these two colors a lot and I should have tried sooner and adapt it with a French twist. 

These large blue and white plates from Gien I’m using here are among my first « grown-up » purchases for the home. I found them in a country brocante about ten years ago in a rural French village.

Initially, when I set this table, I had another tablecloth in mind (with a strong pattern) but it felt too overwhelming. So I opted for this one instead with its lovely pearl color and ruffled it a little for a dramatic effect. I have to admit that this way of arranging the tablecloth is not always appreciated by guests but it adds, in my opinion, something very charming to the table. I’ve also used one of my mother’s vintage vases, which was actually perfect for this theme and added a few dark blue candlesticks (already used in this post), camellia flowers (love them in white), small dead branches and it was done!

At this time of year, I would also suggest adding white hellebores. There are none here simply because there are none in the garden but I plan to plant some in white for next year. They are so lovely arranged on the table in small vases of different heights!

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